Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Call to end violence against women

In commemoration of the International Day for Elimination of Violence against Women, the department of Social Welfare observed a special programme with the theme “Unite! Activism to End Violence against Women and Girls” on November 25 at the Conference Hall of the Directorate of Social Welfare, Kohima.
Delivering keynote address, joint secretary, department of Social Welfare, K. Mhathung Tsanglao, said that rising number of crimes against women could be due to the type of violence deeply rooted in the social, cultural, and structural norms and values in the society that were often perpetuated by the culture of denial and silence. He noted that the aggressive and violence supportive behaviour among men was not addressed in certain societies due to which it has been considered right for men to be violent towards their partner. He added that, apart from gender normative behaviours that lead to crime against women, low socio economic status, poverty and unemployment have also been identified as causes of hate crime against women and girls.
Tsanglao also encouraged the participants to let their children aware that violence towards women was never right, and that children should be taught about gender equality and positive attitudes toward women and girls.
Supervisor, Nagaland State Social Welfare Board (NSSWB), Juliana Medom in her opening remark highlighted the significance of the day and pointed out that health, nutrition, education and economic development of a country cannot progress without addressing women empowerment, and women empowerment cannot happen without addressing gender based violence.
Legal Consultant, 181 Women Helpline Nagaland, Zakato Chishi sensitized the participants on the “Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act 2013”, after which a question hour was opened to the participants.
Following this, a video was screened on various schemes, programs and services that were available under the department of Social Welfare. Participants included various stakeholders under the Social Welfare department, including Nagaland State Social Welfare Board, State Hub for Empowerment of Women, the 181-Women Helpline, Sakhi-One Stop Centre, Kohima, Child Care Institutes, Juvenile Justice Board, Swadhar Greh, State Child Protection Society, Mission Vatsalya and various NGOs.
It may be mentioned that any woman facing violence, or anyone on her behalf may seek help at the Women Helpline (Dial 181/ 9485239098) or Sakhi-One Stop Centres which have been set up in 11 districts of the state.

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